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Proverb of the day: The ship that departs is better than the ship that arrives المركب اللى تودى أخير من اللى تجيب

The ship that departs is better than the ship that arrives

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Feb 2016
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 المركب اللى تودى أخير من اللى تجيب 
 
El markeb elli be tewaddi akhyar men elli tegib
 
Translation: The ship that departs is better than the ship that arrives
 
Meaning: This almost satirical proverb is still somewhat in use, and may deserve a full comeback. It is akin to “good riddance,” but it offers a more picturesque scene: ships sailing into the seas with undesirable people aboard, while others remain on shore, pleased to see them leave.
 

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
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